Happy Valentine’s Day! Thanks for tuning in to this Tuesday edition of RealAg Radio. Guest host Lyndsey Smith is joined by Shawn Schill to discuss land rental agreements and land price direction. Then you’ll hear an interview with Kara Oosterhuis and Gerald Stokka, extension veterinarian at North Dakota State University, on cold weather calving and… Read More

Cold weather calving is tricky and that can be compounded by rapidly changing weather conditions. Bringing cattle in to a new environment because of cold or wet weather can introduce a new management issue: pathogen spread. Gerald Stokka, the extension veterinarian at North Dakota State University, says that increased snowfall or wet weather means that… Read More

A North Dakota State University (NDSU) study suggests that some kochia populations in western North Dakota likely have developed resistance to commonly used pre-plant burndown herbicides. Sold under the trade names Aim (carfentrazone) and Sharpen (saflufenacil), Group 14 herbicides are used by farmers to control kochia and other annual weeds. In the NDSU study, a… Read More

Two poultry farms in Alberta have tested positive for highly-pathogenic avian influenza (AI) over the past week, possibly signalling the start of an anticipated resurgence of the virus this fall. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency reported a case on a commercial farm in Sturgeon County, Alberta on Wednesday, which followed a confirmed case in a… Read More

Extreme high temperatures are hitting many parts of central North America, increasing the potential for heat stress in cattle, warns Karl Hoppe, North Dakota State University livestock systems specialist. “One day of heat stress is uncomfortable, but two or more days back to back without night cooling can be deadly for livestock,” says Hoppe. “Signs… Read More

Forage and hay production this year has been challenging, and livestock producers in much of the Northern Great Plains and the western half of North America are looking for alternative forage resources and feeding strategies. Zach Carlson, extension beef specialist at North Dakota State University, is looking at options for producers who might have canola… Read More

The Northern Great Plains are in a major drought. Unfortunately, there isn’t a better way to say it out loud, as it’s not just the Canadian Prairies — the drought extends into parts of the whole western half of North America. Janna Block, livestock systems extension specialist with North Dakota State University extension, recently joined… Read More

What can growers do, right now, to help reduce the devastating effects pathogens, such as aphanomyces and fusarium, have on pulse crops? Michael Wunsch, plant pathologist with North Dakota State University, joins Kara Oosterhuis for this Pulse School episode to talk about what is and isn’t in farmers’ control. Wunsch’s approach to disease management includes… Read More

The topic of soil health has gained a tremendous amount of followers over the last ten years. There’s a large, dynamic community devoted to the topic, too — from farmers and researchers, to consultants and extension specialists. Dr. Abbey Wick, extension soil health specialist and associate professor at North Dakota State University (NDSU), recently presented… Read More

Soil compaction is always going to be a hot topic following a trying harvest season. That holds true for much of the eastern Prairies and northern U.S. states this spring. Aaron Daigh, assistant professor of Soil Physics at North Dakota State University says that the 2019 growing season started off wet in the spring, which… Read More

 

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